Coach Tom is in his fourth year as head coach of the Stingrays. He coaches the Senior Elite and Developmental groups on the year round team and the 8 & unders on the Stingray summer team. During his time with the Stingrays, 5 athletes have achieved individual YMCA National Championship short course and he coached Hannah Cech to Lakota's first ever Long Course YMCA National Champion and USA Summer Junior National qualifying time.
Tom brings a wealth of experience from 15 years of coaching beginning in his hometown of Indianapolis, IN and at Ball State University where he swam collegiately. He has coached swimmers to the Florida high school state championships, state, regional and national levels. Before coming to the Lakota Stingrays, Tom coached in South Florida and Michigan. With such a broad breadth of experiences, Tom coaches the entire swimmer with the hopes of instilling excellent work ethic, dedication, respect, and responsibility through the challenges and successes exprienced through the sport of swimming. Our swimmers are members of a broader community where they are encouraged to take part and become embassadors for our YMCA and the sport of swimming.
Aside from coaching, Tom is also an active member United States Masters Swimming. When not coaching a practice, Tom is usually seen swimming his own workout or spending a weekend competing in a local masters swim meet. Tom holds several Ohio LMSC records in his age group and has numerous national top-10 performances. Coach Tom is level 3 educated life-long member of the American Swimming Coaches Association. Coach Tom also serves on the board of the Tri-County Swim League and the Southwest Ohio YMCA Swim League.